Pondering perfect pairings is fun. When two things go together…
Have you heard the Canadian stereotypes? The ones that go something like “Those too-polite-ever-apologetic Canadians live in igloos, drink a whole lot of beer while watching a whole lot of hockey, and punctuate all their sentences with ‘eh.’”
Okay, so maybe we’re guilty of using that particular interjection rather frequently. I can assure you, however, I do more with my time than consume beer while observing our so-called national sport. What is more, my humble abode is not made of ice, but maybe we do wear toques a lot; we live, after all, in the “True North” where we get many months of brutally cold temperatures. It’s that rough-weather reality, though, that has given us an excuse to rock the toque in some really cute ways–case in point.
Another lovely bit of Canadiana is maple. And bacon. But mostly maple. I mean, our entire national identity is wrapped up in the highly stylized maple leaf that dons our flag.
So in an attempt to embrace what is Canadian on this national holiday, I created a recipe that would give maple syrup a little time to shine. The outcome is lip smackingly good! But here’s where it gets even better. You don’t have to be Canadian to enjoy these maple-lime drumettes because this flavour combo can be appreciated on a universal level. I was going to say on a stratospheric level, but that would be arrogant and not polite at all. I should apologize.
Maple Lime Drumettes, Eh?
Recipe type: Main Dish
- 2 lbs chicken drumettes
- For the sauce:
- ¼ c dark maple syrup
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1.5 tbsp garlic, crushed
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- zest of 1 lime
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
- Place the chicken in a large bowl. Pour the sauce over the chicken and toss to coat well. Transfer coated chicken to a baking dish.
- Bake for 1.5 hours until browned. Baste at least three times, turning the chicken once during the cooking time. Broil for the last two minutes, if desired. Remove from the oven and serve.